Archive for April, 2011

Happy Earth Day 2011: Go Green and Save

Earth Day 2011Today is April 22nd, 2011 – Earth Day! A day intended to create more environmental awareness. Earth Day is an annual celebration where many retailers and organizations offer special deals and events.

Here’s a list of Earth Day deals to save green:

  • Starbucks – Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) and receive a free cup of coffee or tea at participating locations on April 22nd.
  • Caribou Coffee – Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) and receive a free cup of coffee at participating locations on April 22nd.
  • EVOS – Enjoy a free organic milkshake on April 22nd. EVOS is located in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
  • National Parks – You’ll receive free park admission into over 394 parks across the country through April 24, 2011.
  • Origins – Bring in your old skin care product (any brand) to receive a free full size Origins skin cleanser on April 22nd while supplies last. Click Origins link to fill out short form to bring along with you.
  • Disney Stores – If you bring in five plastic bags, you’ll receive a free Disney reusable bag on April 22nd.
  • Kmart – Special discounts on green products on April 22nd.
  • – Receive discounts up to 60% off on green and natural products on April 22nd.
  • Lowe’s – Lowe’s is giving away 1 million free trees on April 23rd, 2011 (while supplies last).

Earth Day recycling events:

  • Old Navy – Bring in your unwanted flip-flops to be recycled from April 22nd through May 21st. This flip-flops will be melted and used for new playground equipment.
  • Best Buy – You may be able to trade in your electronics for a Best Buy gift card. Best Buy is also safely recycling unwanted electronics of any brand. Click here for more details on Earth Day recycling program.
  • Office Depot – Bring in used writing instruments (pens, mechanical pencils, markers) of any brand into your local Office Depot to be recycled. In exchange for 10 unwanted writing instruments, you’ll receive a free coupon towards new Sanford products (e.g. Sharpie, Expo, PaperMate).

Check out Be Green and Save Green Earth Day and Everyday for tips on how to be green and save green everyday.

For information on Earth Day 2011 events in your area, visit

Happy Earth Day!

Discover What Financial Literacy Month Has to Offer…

April is financial literacy month. This morning I had the pleasure of attending the 2011 Financial Literacy and Education Summit. This event provided a great opportunity to learn about the state of financial literacy in our country. The panel discussed government and private sector initiatives designed to improve financial education. And the key takeaway from the event was that — everyone plays a role in improving financial literacy. That’s true.

I’m very passionate about financial literacy. As a Money Smart Week® partner, I invite you to take advantage of free financial education events in your area. The mission of Money Smart Week® is “to promote personal financial literacy.” Money Smart Week®  (April 2nd, 2011 through Saturday, April 9th) offers free financial seminars and classes across 26 states. Visit for event details.

If you live in Chicagoland, there are hundreds of free personal financial education seminars and classes being held this week. Watch the video below for more information: